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VOZ

VOZ leverages trend-driven fashion design to enable skilled indigenous artisans to prosper in the global market.

Details

Founded: 2012
Employees: 5
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Overview

VOZ is a contemporary fashion company that uses cutting edge design innovation to empower indigenous communities. We enable artisans to prosper from their cultural art forms, now endangered by imported knock-offs. Fashion designers and master artisans co-design VOZ apparel and accessories that succeed internationally on style and quality. Our fair trade production generates rural economic growth throughout Latin America. VOZ has presented six collections at New York Fashion Week, is selling in over 43 high fashion stores in eight countries, and was named by Vogue.com as one of the top sustainable fashion brands of 2015.

Management

CEO and Creative Director

Jasmine Aarons

Jasmine, a Product Design Engineer from Stanford, spent years working with indigenous artisans in South America with a Haas Fellowship. She consulted Fair Trade foundations for two years in design, production, and commercialization. She pioneered a d.school-styled collaborative design model with Mapuche weavers, where designers and artisans co-create marketable products. Today she directs VOZ' international business strategy and design vision.

Director of Sales & Marketing

Irys Kornbluth

Fashion and Product Design at Stanford and ESMODE Paris. Founded Stanford Sustainable Fashion Collective. Irys has over 6 years sales, marketing, and merchandising strategy at Armour Vert, Zazzle, and her own line I.K Studio. After scaling VOZ's wholesales dramatically from season to season, she also dedicated herself to learning programming, interface design, and direct marketing strategy to lead our Direct to Consumer E-Commerce.

Director of Production

Carolina Avilés

Carolina manages local Chilean production, quality control, and artisan training for VOZ. Trained as an industrial designer, she has dedicated her career to working with artisans and has over a decade of experience training weavers in design, quality control, and production technique. She has previously directed artisan training programs for the Chilean Government, the Chol Chol Foundation, and the Museo de la Araucanía.

US Operations

Camille Mori

Designer / Technical Designer

Lauren Jones

A graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design, School of Fashion. Uses innovative design skills and technical design knowledge to develop the Voz collection with the Chilean weavers. Previous design experience at Banana Republic, Theory, Thakoon and Rodarte. Presented thesis collection at New York Fashion Week.

Lead Developer

Noah Jeffrey

Magna Cum Laude graduate from Saint John's University, Noah has been an entrepreneur since before he could legally work. He helped launch 7 businesses, 2 of which have raised over $600k. Fluent in 2 spoken languages (English, Spanish) and 5 computer languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL). Biology major and pre-medicine program graduate. Web developer in profession, scientist at heart.

Director of Finance

Allison Taylor

MBA from Stern NYU, concentrating in luxury marketing. Ethical fashion at Indigo Africa, Fair Trade USA, and Revival Style (co-founder).

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